It’s possible the bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Calgary Roughnecks.
They had just come off a disappointing overtime loss versus the Colorado Mammoth. The start of the season had just been equally disappointing, with the team sitting 2-3. And it allowed the injured players another week to heal up, with one notable player making his debut this week.
“I think it was good for our guys to have that bit of a break and get to refocus,” said head coach Curt Malawsky.
“We are who we are at this point. We’re a 2-3 team and quite frankly we’ve played like it.
“The compete level in the NLL is not where ours is at this point. I think our guys have identified that.”
Even with the uncharacteristic like start to the season, the team still sits in second in the West Division, which would mean Calgary would host a playoff spot right now if they started today.
“By no means are we feeling sorry for ourselves,” Malawsky said. “We deserve to be in the exact spot we’re in, but we’re excited to get back at it. I think this group has a lot to prove to themselves. The guys are looking forward to going at ’er on Saturday night.”
Now they have that chance to put their start behind them when they take on the Minnesota Swarm on the road this Saturday.
“Coming fresh off a bye weekend, I think everyone’s ready to go and excited to play the Swarm,” said rookie Karsen Leung.
Malawsky offered a frank description of his team’s offensive execution.
“Without sugar coating it, we’ve been completely selfish up front,” he said.
“Offensively, we need to move the ball. We need to stick to the things that made us successful over the last four or five years. It wasn’t a fluke that we had the best offense in the league because we have very creative players up front. But for whatever reason, our guys are getting selfish. If we continue to do what we do, we’ll get the same results and be 2-4, so our guys need to step up.”
General manager Mike Board made a few moves during the bye week. After all the dust settled, forward Scott Ranger was placed on the practice squad due to work commitments and Travis Cornwall was activated the PUP list and placed on the main roster.
Game time is 6 p.m. MT and fans can tune in to watch live on NLL.com.